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“Panoramic view of Florence and close to San Miniato al Monte” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo
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US$34.80*
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Ranked #1 of 425 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence. The square is decorated with copies of Michelangelo's sculptures, but it's the view people come here to see.
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“Panoramic view of Florence and close to San Miniato al Monte”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

On visits to Florence, I have visited the Piazzale, usually on foot and during the day. This time we came with friends and drove there in the evening when the sun was low in the sky and the hues were good for photographing, it wasn't stifling and music was playing in the cafe below. It wasn't crowded, people were just gathering to enjoy the sunset and to absorb the view of Florence and the surrounding area.

San Miniato al Monte is only 5 minutes' walk from here and very well worth the visit. It is Tuscan Romanesque style in the green/black(ish) and white marble, other examples being the Duomo's baptistry and Santa Maria Novella (near the railway station of the same name). San Miniato's interior is very ornate, for example the coloured marbles, carvings and inlays in marble, Byzantine style mosaic, wooden ceiling, etc, etc. It's a little out on a limb, but if you are reasonably fit, there is a long flight of steps beginning not far from the Arno and through the city wall rising to Piazzale Michelangelo then a further, shorter flight of steps to the church itself. There seem to be bus services to the Piazzale if required.

Enjoy but remember to be respectful; the surrounding burial ground is still in use. Shoulders and knees need to be covered when entering the church.

Visited June 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“Stunning view of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is THE place if you want to get that amazing photo of Florence with the famous dome that dominates the landscape. You can walk but we were pressed for time so we took a taxi up and a bus back down. You can also see the Ponte Vecchio from her and get that and the Duomo in one stunning shot.

Visited June 2014
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Brixham
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“This view is amazing!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Couldnt have been more impressed, stunning views, not packed full of tourists. Even the walk up was pleasent with a nice little pit stop half way with a lovely garden and some nice peices of sculptures.

Visited June 2014
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Bolivar, Missouri
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“Nice views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Beautiful views of the city. Great place for photos and romance. It's a bit of a hike so take the city bus.

Visited May 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Breathtaking Views of Florence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

We walked from the Ponte Vecchio to the Piazza! It was a beautiful walk up the hill to the Piazza. Some great wine bars along the way, as well. The views from the Piazza are absolutely breathtaking! You are able to see most landmarks here, and take some beautiful photographs, also.

Visited May 2014
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